Synod News
New Parking Process for Clergy at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Beginning October 1, UIHC will have a new process for Clergy to receive validation for parking. Please review the attachment as it outlines the protocol. 

Review the new procedures
September Living Lutheran Synod Insert

The September edition of the synod insert of Lutheran Living magazine is now available. In this edition there is an article by Bishop Michael Burk on our call to ministry and signs of vitality for congregations. There is also a list of upcoming events and a recap of the 2018 Synod Assembly. 

Download the insert
Churchwide News
Fear Not
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, This article originally appeared in Living Lutheran
I’m leaving for my first trip to Holden Village, a retreat center near Chelan, Wash. I’ve heard about this Lutheran Shangri-La for years. I have sung and played the Holden Evening Prayer in many settings. I’m excited. The theme verse for the week I’ll be in residence is “Fear not,” which is part of a longer passage found in the book of Isaiah.

For me, Isaiah 43:1-7 is one of the most hopeful and lovely passages in all of Scripture. This word of promise and grace comes to the people of God who are in exile in Babylon. It is difficult for many of us to imagine the intensity of these words and of the promise they contain. God’s declaration that “you are mine … you are precious … and I love you” is almost too good to be true. Hearing and trusting this promise, the people were undoubtedly, as Zechariah says, “prisoners of hope.”
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Advocacy Alert: Hospitals in East Jerusalem funding crisis 
Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, needs your urgent help. Owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), it is the main cancer and kidney center serving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. 

AVH and five other East Jerusalem hospitals rely on funding each year from the United States and the European Union to cover approximately half the costs of patients referred to these hospitals. Currently, the AVH is owed over $38 million of a total of $80 million to the six East Jerusalem hospitals. However, several media reported on Sept. 7 that $25 million in 2017 U.S. government funding that was designated for AVH and the other East Jerusalem hospitals would not be released. Approximately half of the $25 million would be for AVH. The large amount owed to AVH is due to the high cost of cancer medications. It is especially urgent that this action be challenged in order to ensure ongoing treatment and to avoid putting cancer patients in jeopardy.
Learn more and take action
2018 Advent Resource Packet from ELCA World Hunger
The new Resource Packet includes samples of the newest and most popular resources to share with your congregation! Included is an Advent Study full of new weekly devotions, Advent calendars to brighten up your home or congregation with a daily reminder of the reason for the season, and a Congregational Action Guide with ideas and activities for use in your congregation. Order your packet for free, while supplies last.
Upcoming Events
Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference for rostered ministers and congregational program staff will be held September 23-25, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. We will gather around the theme “Leadership and Innovation” with Dr. Bill Withers from Wartburg College, Waverly; the Rev. Michael Hurst from Des Moines; and the Rev. Louise Johnson from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque.
More information and registration
Save the Date: Boundaries Workshop 
There will be a boundaries workshop offered in November.
Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from the Integral Psychology Center, Madison, WI.

It is recommended that pastors and deacons take a boundaries training every three to five years.

November 15 - Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, IL (shared event with Northern IL Synod)

November 16 - St. Mark Lutheran Church, West Des Moines
Register for Moline event
Register for Des Moines event
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has written a draft as a step toward the development of a social statement that will be considered by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Draft social statements are a means to invite everyone to participate in the process toward the creation of an official statement. Learn more and read the draft online.

There will be two hearings around this statement in the Southeastern Iowa Synod:

Saturday, September 22, 2018 
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive  
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport  
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Children and Youth Ministry Network Gathering
The Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a networking event on Thursday, November 1from 9:30-1:45 in Iowa City. Time together will include introductions, network announcements, A presentation by Pastor Rodney Bluml and ministry-specific networking time. This event is free with a $5 donation for lunch. 
Learn more and register online
You're Invited
Join LSI for a luncheon to welcome our newest neighbors and celebrate their contributions to our communities on September 27, 12-1:00 pm at the Valley Community Center in West Des Moines.  Questions? Contact Nancy Strutzenberg,
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Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary announces new Spiritual Direction Certification Program Lutheran Men in
Spiritual direction is a centuries-old Christian tradition; however, it has largely stayed rooted in the Roman, Eastern, and Anglican community. Somehow, it fell off the Protestant “radar” for far too long.

Over the last few decades our candidacy committees have seen the value in spiritual direction and are increasingly suggesting that our seminary candidates participate in spiritual direction. This trend matches a growing desire within Protestantism to embrace this ancient tradition again.
In search of spiritual directors, we Protestants have turned largely to our wonderful brothers and sisters in the non-Protestant traditions. They have served us well.
We would like to begin to raise up new generations of Protestant (and Lutheran!) spiritual directors. With this sense of calling, we are offering our Spiritual Direction Certification Program. Learn more
Lutheran Men in Mission: One Year to Live Retreat
Lutheran Men in Mission’s One Year To Live (OYTL) retreat will be held at Camp Shaw-Wa-Na-See near Manteno, Illinois, October 26-28, 2018. This is a men's retreat for Men of all ages yearn for real friendships and a closer relationship with Christ. This 45-hour experience is not for the faint of heart!

Trends in Rural Ministry at EWALU
Join other ELCA leaders, both rostered and lay, for this day-long event on October 18, to understand and respond to the challenges - and unique opportunities - in smaller and rural congregations. 

The presenter, Rev. Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen, serves as the Director for Small Town and Rural Ministry at Wartburg Seminary. His wife, Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen, is also very experienced in the field as the senior pastor at a 4-point parish (ELCA) in Northeastern Iowa. 

There is no cost for attending. Lunch is also included. 
Learn more
Bread for the World Sunday
Bread for the World Sunday is Oct. 21, or another can be celebrated another weekend this fall and join others in our commitment to ending hunger. Your celebration can be as simple as including prayers for people struggling with hunger during a worship service. Or you may wish to devote your sermon, children’s message, and other activities to ending hunger in God’s world. 

Free resources — including Rev. Amy Reumann’s Gospel commentary, Rev. John Crossin’s litany, a Bread for the World Sunday poster, and bulletin inserts in English, Spanish-language, and those for African-American/Pan-African traditions are all available — order or download online now. 
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 In the midst of the hurricane season and increasingly unpredictable weather, pray for regions of our nation and world susceptible to severe weather and natural disasters; pray for those who are currently displaced, recovering and rebuilding in the wake of disasters, especially where resources and long-term assistance are sparse.
More prayers
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet

Sept. 23, 2018
James 4:1-2 – Those conflicts and disputes among you … do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts.
James puts his finger on the pulse of human misery. We drive ourselves crazy by craving the things we don’t have and envying those who have more than we do! Spiritual maturity and practicing steward/discipleship help bring us sanity.
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